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The Torah Learning Library of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Category: Halakhic Methodology

If Only Michelangelo Had Studied Halakha…

Amy Pollak (Posted on November 4, 2016)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Tefillin and the History of Biblical Interpretation

by Dr. Shalom Holtz Posted on October 27, 2016

Eye for An Eye: The Interface of Peshat and Halakha

by Rabbi Hayyim Angel Posted on October 21, 2016

The Ox that Gored and the Meaning of Laws in the Bible

by Dr. Shalom Holtz Posted on October 21, 2016

Does the Torah Make You Wise?

by Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff Posted on October 6, 2016

It may seem odd to us that people would ask a rabbi who to marry or vote for, but the Torah, in fact, does have reference to all aspects of our lives and the experts in Torah may well have wisdom and advice to impart in all areas of our lives. This is contingent on Continue Reading »

What is the Basis for Rabbinic Authority?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on September 26, 2016

What is the basis for Rabbinic authority? Why do we follow the Talmud? Why is the Rabbis’ interpretation of Torah mitzvot binding on us? The Talmud tells us that the answer to some of these questions can be found in our parasha. Much of Parashat Shoftim is devoted to institutions of authority: the court system, Continue Reading »

The Discourse of Halakhic Inclusiveness

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on September 5, 2016)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Beit Din’s Presence in the Mikveh room for Conversion: A Case Study in Rav Ovadya Yosef’s Citation of Sources

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on September 2, 2016)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Review of Equality Lost

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on September 2, 2016)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Book Review: Be’einei Elohim Ve’Adam: Biblical Criticism and the Person of Faith

Rabbi Ysoscher Katz (Posted on August 19, 2016)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Tza’ar Ba’alei Chaim: A Case Study in Halakha and Values

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on August 18, 2016)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Toward a Torat Chaim: Embracing Conflicting Values

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on September 5, 2014

Ki Teitze is a parasha densely packed with mitzvot. Of course, just because there are all these laws does not mean that it is always clear what their parameters are or how they are to be implemented. Should determining this be done only through technical and formal rules, or do values and underlying principles play Continue Reading »